Opening of Jesper Nordahl - Katunayake Free Trade Zone

Konstkuben - Vallentuna Kulturhus, Vallentuna

 

Welcome to the opening with a conversation with artist Jesper Nordahl! Nordahl has also invited the author and journalist Gunilla Ander to talk about her book after the opening, Den lilla svarta: Modeindustrins baksida (Ordfront Publishing). The book is about the backstage of the textile industry and is linked to the exhibition on several levels. The lecture begins at 15:00 in the Kulturrummet, Vallentuna Kulturhus (will be held in Swedish).

Katunayake Free Trade Zone is an exhibition about feminist struggle, resistance and social change. Nordahl shows a series of video works with the starting point at Katunayake Free Trade Zone in Sri Lanka. Free trade zones are areas subject to special economic conditions, with factories producing goods for export. Free trade zones were one of the cornerstones of the structural adjustment policies introduced by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in 1978. A significant part of the global textile and fashion industry and the clothes that we wear are produced in these areas.

A central part of the exhibition is based on a collaboration with the Women's Center in Sri Lanka. The Women's Center consists of women workers and activists who work for women's rights and self-determination in the workplace, in society and at home. The Women's Center is adjacent to Katunayake Free Trade Zone, where many of the women in the center have their workplaces. The center was established in 1982 as a response to the working conditions in the textile industry, the free trade zones and the policies that they are part of.

The exhibition is part of an ongoing series of works launched by Nordahl in 2004 in collaboration with the Women's Center, sociologists, lawyers, researchers, trade unions for free trade zone workers, artists and activists in Sri Lanka. The exhibition also includes a video based on an interview with the postcolonial feminist theorist,the author and activist Chandra Talpade Mohanty.

Jesper Nordahl lived in Sri Lanka between 1982 and 1984 in connection with his parents working on Skanska who built the Sida-funded Kotmale hydro power plant dam. Together with the free trade zones, the Kotmale dam was an important part of the structural adjustment policies initiated by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

In his artistic work, Jesper Nordahl uses mainly video, but also photo, painting and text to explore social and political topics where issues on gender, power and knowledge production are central.

Jesper Nordahl was born 1969 in Stockholm and grew up in Vallentuna. He graduated from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm 2000 and participated in the Whitney ISP in New York 2006-07. He has exhibited both in Sweden and abroad. For example, Shedhalle, Zurich; Index, Stockholm; Modern Museum Stockholm;Artists Space, New York; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo; GIBCA, Gothenburg and Galerija Umjetnina, Split. Nordahl lives and works in Stockholm.

For more information: www.jesper.xi.net

Directions

|Translated by Google translation|
From Stockholm take the E18 north towards Norrtälje, follow signs for Vallentuna.